Teaching at A-level builds on the experience students have received in the lower school, and the subjects offered facilitate progression onto the very best universities.
The subjects offered in the sixth form are:
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- English Literature
- Film Studies
- Health and Social Care
- Mathematics and Further Mathematics
- Performing Arts
- Sport Studies
Barclay Academy sixth form staff appreciate that transitioning from GCSE to A-level qualifications can be an overwhelming prospect; the students are suddenly expected to become young adults who are able to work independently and proactively in both their studies and when preparing for their future after school. Our aim is to aid with this transition, so students can grow in confidence in preparation for adulthood, create an environment where students can be happy, successful and thriving, and offer leadership opportunities for them to partake in. Our open door policy enables students many opportunities to progress in their independent learning.
Our Post-16 Coordinator is available throughout the day to support any students, and we ensure that well-being is at the forefront of our care with weekly drop-in sessions with a qualified counsellor. We offer a study area and a common room where students have facilities that include laptops, kitchen area and comfortable chairs where they can both study quietly and have a space to relax and unwind. All Year 12 students partake in a Mentoring system where they establish relationships with younger members of the school in subjects to assist them in lessons.
Our weekly assemblies and PSHE curriculum in tutor time are catered to both the students’ emotional well-being and their life choices. Tutor time sessions are also used as opportunities to develop transferable skills and how to revise to ensure that students are appropriately supported with their independent development. Overall, Barclay Academy is committed to nurturing our students at a time in their lives where decision-making and career choices are at the forefront of their focus; this is so they can be confident and continue to flourish once their higher education has been completed.